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Old 04-14-2013, 02:20 AM   #1
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Safety tips for buying parts from overseas e46 fanatics?

Im on the hunt for a BBK and a good forced induction kit for my e46 M3, as it is extremely rare for any of these parts popping up in the Aus section, I have decided to look in other places, what are your thoughts and tips?
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:47 AM   #2
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id buy SC kit new. ESS products get great reviews...id see WORX as his prices seem great!
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:48 AM   #3
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id buy SC kit new. ESS products get great reviews...id see WORX as his prices seem great!
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Best to pay and have local support when taking up such a project, plus you have the advantage of Worx already completing the job - what works and doesn't work is generally priceless but can also save you unexpected coin later down the track..
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:41 PM   #4
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I bought brakes from from UUC, they are great to deal with. I have also dealt with ECS that offer a good upgrade, their service is top notch
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:29 AM   #5
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id buy SC kit new. ESS products get great reviews...id see WORX as his prices seem great!
yea I will speak to him soon
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+1

Best to pay and have local support when taking up such a project, plus you have the advantage of Worx already completing the job - what works and doesn't work is generally priceless but can also save you unexpected coin later down the track..
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I bought brakes from from UUC, they are great to deal with. I have also dealt with ECS that offer a good upgrade, their service is top notch
yea I have no problems with well known vendors but im taking about overseas private sellers on the forum
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:31 AM   #6
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I want something like this where I can save some money http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ght=e46+m3+bbk, but not sure if its worth the risk dealing with somebody I do not know
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:16 AM   #7
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I had a nightmare with a private seller, a reputable one too, it took ages to get my wheels.

My advice is to research the seller, get their full details, ie address, full name and contact number and pay in one transaction by credit card through PayPal. PayPal are a pain to deal with when something goes wrong, your credit card company will jump through hoops to help you though and once they are onto PayPal it makes dealing with PayPal a lot better.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:30 AM   #8
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^ yep, just gotta be careful. But if you go thru paypal or your cc, you should be ok. disputes are very common nowadays.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:18 PM   #9
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Paypal for everything, even when buying locally from people you don't know.
I do it everytime now, or not at all (when buying stuff from forums etc). Irrespective of price.

So sick of being dicked around by dicks on forums selling stuff.

"Sorry man, I forgot/I've been busy/I've been sick/I misplaced it/I'll post it out tomorrow."

Funny how they didn't forget/weren't too busy/weren't too sick to to take the money or knew they where the item was when they took a photo of it.

Sometimes it aint worth buying 2nd hand. Sometimes it aint worth buying stuff online.

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Old 04-16-2013, 12:22 AM   #10
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As others, I have bought from forum members in the US and haven't had a problem with the seller. One item was delayed by weeks in transit and monitored it using the tracking number. Then Aus Post stuffed around for a while, but not the seller's fault.

For something like a SC kit, regardless of the member and their reputation I would play it safe and buy locally for a new / warrantied unit for the peace of mind.

In dealing with a site sponsor, most will do whatever possible to keep their good reputation in the community.

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Old 04-16-2013, 05:56 PM   #11
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A couple of tips.. used parts may be pulled up for inspection by quarantine upon arrival. There is a small fee which will eat into your saving. Also keep in mind that some parts of the US use salt on their roads during winter which may affect condition of the item.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:15 AM   #12
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thanks for the info and tips guys! and M3_Aaron I scrolled through your build thread on M3forum yesterday... love the unique mods you have chosen for the car, very different to all those mainstream CSL mods, its a real inspiration to me!
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